Anyone who’s entered a busy hair salon knows how hairspray can cause a cough–and no wonder! Common chemicals found in hairspray are aerosol propellants, alcohol, carcinogenic polyvinylpyrrolidone plastic (is that even a real word!?), formaldehyde, and artificial fragrance, which can cause low blood pressure, breathing difficulty, irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and even a coma. Over extended use, these chemicals also increase the risk of developing the lung disease the saurosis, as well as cancer.
Hair gel isn’t much better. While it’s not as volatile due to the fact that it’s not sprayed, it normally contains parabens, propylene, formaldehyde, phthalates and other chemicals that are absorbed by your hands and scalp, which can hurt your health over the long run, and damage your hair too.
Here, we’ve found what we think are some of the best organic hair styling products, chosen for the efficiency, naturalness and delicious scents.
1. Rahua Hair Wax
Got thick, unruly hair? Rahua’s natural hair wax will keep it strictly in place! This all natural, great smelling wax bonds with hair gently and helps you create a unique look, be it adding height and definition to shorter hair, or more control and manageability for longer or curly hair. It’s based on carnauba wax, which washes out super easily, though it provides plenty of staying power.
2. Feed Your Hold Hair Spray
Hair spray is usually pretty nasty! It’s normally basically plastic particles in alcohol that you coat your hair with – and breathe in, too! And don’t even get us started on the damage that those aerosol cans do the ozone layer…But finally, we found a hair spray that’s free from alcohol, parabens, sulfates and of course, cruelty. The hold isn’t as fine as chemical hair sprays, but it is solid, and will keep your mane in place all day.
3. John Masters Hair Texturiser
This product by John Masters Organics is full of organic and natural ingredients that help keep hair healthy, whilst providing extra-strength hair texturising. It’s great for shaping shorter hair into any desired style, from the bed-head look to smooth and silky, and helps long, curly hair retain its shape, too. It also adds incredible shine and is safe for colour-treated hair.
4. Lavera Hair Styling Gel
Need a new look? This completely natural hair gel helps create new looks time and time again or just adds volume when you need it. Organic bamboo protects your hair from excessive heat like blow drying and straighteners, while plant extracts help to tame and enhance your hairstyle, keeping it in place. Great for a natural look without stickiness.
5. Kahina Argan Oil
A Moroccan classic, Argan oil has been used for centuries for its hydrating qualities. It can be used in tiny amounts on the points of hair to smooth and calm frizz, massaged into the scalp to encourage hair growth, or even used on skin and nails for overall moisturizing.